Last week Derek bought a light kit [to add some oomph to our house crashing adventures] and wanted to practice with it using me as the model. I however wanted to craft. This is what we like to call having the best of both worlds. Derek was able to shoot, I was crafting my brains out, AND we now have beautiful shots of the step by step process of how to make these bad boys:
I know I know, tissue paper poms have been floating all over the interwebs lately [namely my Pinterest] so I wanted to attempt some and see what all the hoopla was about. Two things you need to know: 1. they’re each $1 to make, and 2. they’re SO easy, we’re talking under 10min each! Word.
Disclaimer: as I mentioned, Derek had JUST gotten his light kit, so the muslin backdrop is still wrinkled, and yes it looks like I’m crafting in someone’s studio. But, I feel like that’s something I’d do anyway, so it works!
YOU WILL NEED:
1 pack of tissue paper [any color you wish] for each pom about 8-10 sheets should do it
wire I used jewelry wire, about $1.99 at Hobby Lobby
1. Stack 8-10 sheets of tissue paper and begin to accordion fold them into 1.5″ folds. Be sure to keep them even, it will want to go all crazy on you after the fourth or fifth fold.
2. Crease each fold on both sides, the stronger the crease the longer your pom will last. But be careful! It is just tissue paper.
3. Once you have all of your folds in order, decide how big you want your poof to be and cut your desired shape on each end. The length of your strip of folds will be the diameter of the pom. For my first attempt I did hearts, or little butts, whichever you prefer. It has a more flowery result in the end. You can also do a half round, points, zigzag, whatever you want!
4. Take an 18″ piece of wire and twist it around the center of the folded strips.
5. Make sure the wire is nice and tight, this is what you’ll be hanging your pom from.
6 – 7. Begin fanning out your folds to make sure everything is centered, and it’s the diameter you’re looking for.
8. This is where it gets tricky. Start with one side and peel up each layer layer one by one. You should start pulling from the center first and then fluffing as you move outward. Once each layer is separated you can move them and tweak them to your heart’s content. But be gentle! It rips very easily.
My first attempt was a little anticlimactic. The pack I got from Target only had 6 sheets, and for being such a large pom, there were a lot of voids that needed some more poof. Next up, I wanted to try a much littler one. Since I had another pack of 6 sheets I decided to cut them in half and double up to make a much denser pom.
This time I decided to cut my strip of folds into points, which looks cute and spikey like a little Dr. Seuss tree. A word to the wise though. While 12 sheets did make it much fuller, if you’re going to make a little pom, only use 8. Working with such small folds made it really difficult to separate each layer without ripping everything to shreds. So next up, I wanted to meet in the middle. My packs from Hobby Lobby [who by the way has an amazing color selection all for $1 each] had 10 sheets each. So I made a medium sized pom with more sheets, and I think my third attempt is still by far my favorite.
This go around, I went with the half round cuts. They gave it a fluffier look. Like a giant chrysanthemum. [and yes, I had to google that spelling]
Then for the big shabang, I had two more packs of tissue paper each with 6 sheets, so I decided to combine them and make a giant pom. I alternated the colors and got a little creative.
tissue paper – $1/pack
wire – $1.99
TOTAL: $1 each
considering most of you already have wire
As you can see I have clearly left the studio, and am now using an iPhone. Bummer.
I ended up hanging the first three poms over my bar opening from my living room into my kitchen, and they add really great texture and color to an otherwise boring and awkward nook. I’m not sure where I’m going to put the big multi-colored pom. Right now I’m thinking of putting it in my entryway to disquise the hideous boob lamp that comes in every cookie cutter apartment.
Needless to say these are great cheap and easy DIY decorations that could really spiff up a birthday party or even a wedding. And they’re really fun! Could you tell? This is how I spent my Friday night. Who am I?